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Glenn Pursley , Published August 24 2012

Reich scores three TDs as Fargo South prevails

FARGO – With a new season comes a new beginning for Fargo South.

South’s Zach Reich scored three touchdowns and rushed for 149 yards to set the pace for the Bruins in a 34-20 victory over Bismarck Century in North Dakota Class 3A high school football on Friday.

“We’ve been working hard all offseason and were just trying to get back out there and have a good start,” Reich said. “Last year, we didn’t have the greatest start. And this year we are just ready to get back out there and have a great start … and I’d say we did that today.”

Last year, the Bruins lost to Century in the season opener.

The Bruins were trailing by two touchdowns when starting quarterback Zach Kellen connected with Reich 13 yards down field for his first touchdown of the season to cap a 13-play, 82-yard drive to put South on the scoreboard.

With one minute left in the half, James Johannesson found a hole in the defense and broke through for an 18-yard touchdown run to tie the game 14-14.

Reich had 29 carries and led the Bruins with 52 yards receiving. Johannesson rushed for 78 yards on 16 carries and Kellen threw 13-for-16 for 109 yards and one touchdown.

“We knew with our tempo on offense that we’d hopefully be able to wear them down by the second half, which was the case,” head coach Troy Mattern said. “We knew if we could weather the storm early and face that adversity and get the game tied by half we’d have a pretty good shot.”

Reich’s two rushing touchdowns came in the second half. He scored in the third and fourth quarters with a 4-yard run and a 3-yard run, respectively.

The Patriots scored first when Hunter Walsh caught a 5-yard pass from starting quarterback Jared Fischer for the first score of the game.

On the next possession, Fischer saw Drew Wiseman open down field and connected with the senior receiver for a 40-yard touchdown pass to take a 14-0 lead.

Fischer led the Patriots with 198 passing yards and 38 rushing yards and threw two touchdowns. Ben Kraft rushed for 58 yards and scored one touchdown.”

“We got beat off the ball on both sides of the line. … We got beat physically up front by a much better football team tonight,” Patriots head coach Ron Wingenbach said. “Overall, just a little disappointed in our reaction to the physicality. I thought we would take that better, but give kudos to Fargo South … they played very well.”

C 14 0 0 6–20

FS 0 14 10 7–34

C–Walsh 5 pass from Fischer (Neameyer kick)

C–Wiseman 40 pass from Fisher (Neameyer kick)

FS–Reich 12 pass from Kellen (Jo. Weiler kick)

FS–Johannesson 18 run (Jo. Weiler kick)

FS–Ja. Weiler field goal

FS–Reich 4 run (Jo. Weiler kick)

FS–Reich 2 run (Jo. Weiler kick)

C–Kraft 1 run (kick failed)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: C, Kraft 14-58, Auck 1-5, Leutz 3-3, Fischer 3-38. FS, Reich 29-149, Raymond 11-67, Johannesson 16-78, Brooks 1-7, Kellen 3-4.

PASSING: C, Fischer 16-19-0 149. FS, Kellen 14-17-0 109.

RECEIVING: C, Wiseman 2-45, Doan 6-80, Van Voorhis 1-7, Walsh, 3-28, Luetz 2-14, , Felch 1-10, Wegner 1-5. FS, Reich 5-52, Rostad 3-16, Verghis 2-4, Staigle 2-19, Nyborg 1-11.


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